NPC: Minneapolis Planning Successes

It’s time for the American Planning Association’s 2009 National Planning Conference in Minneapolis.  The Twin Cities are well-known for quality urban design and regional land use planning.  APA says:

The planning event of the year is about to begin! APA’s 2009 National Planning Conference April 25–29 in Minneapolis is the place to learn about dealing with a tough economy, taking advantage of the federal stimulus package, and keeping your career on track. Choose from hundreds of sessions and workshops on nuts-and-bolts topics like site planning and big-picture issues like transportation infrastructure and climate change. Connect with peers and potential employers at networking events. Can’t make it to the full conference? Take advantage of the weekend-only rate. Register on site at the Minneapolis Convention Center beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

APA put together some videos showcasing some planning successes in Minneapolis.  Here’s a few on their Youtube channel.


Does Minneapolis have a Parks Plan?

Katie Hatt from the City of Minneapolis gives some information on Lake of the Isles and the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis.

(I really like the music on this one.)

A Vision for Multi-modal Future?

Katie Hatt sits down with Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin for a discussion about the Midtown Greenway Project and the Midtown Exchange in Minneapolis.

Metro Rail runs the Hiawatha Line light rail between downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America.  Great way to get to Twins games at the Homerdome.


First Cable-stayed Bridge in Minnesota (for bikes & peds only!)

The Martin Olav Sabo Bridge in Minneapolis takes bikers and pedestrians safely over Hiawatha Avenue. The cable-stayed bridge joins the second and third phases of the Midtown Greenway project, allowing continuous biking across the city. Learn more by visiting the wiki at


Lots to learn.



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